Watermarks Reviews

June 3, 2005
Zilberman's storytelling is a little jumpy, but his documentary is a fitting tribute to seven women whose strength of mind and character, as much as their physical prowess, was developed by the organization that ensured their survival.
June 3, 2005
Modest, moving and intelligently assembled.
April 29, 2005
His film, both reverent and affectionate, has at its heart a story that richly deserves the telling.
April 1, 2005
What a delightful group they are -- sharp, witty, chic survivors who forged new lives and successful careers in new countries.
February 25, 2005
A touching film, providing a glimpse into yet another hidden story about the history of European Jews before the arrival of the Nazis.
February 18, 2005
It seems that some stories, especially those that study human nature, are universal.
February 18, 2005
The images of them swimming together after all those years are beautiful and a little holy: They look like angels in the water.
January 25, 2005
This account of the pre-Nazi glory and subsequent harrowing fate of the Austrian Jewish sports club Hakoah makes for a necessary corrective to Leni Riefenstahl's grudgingly admired Olympic myth-mongering.
January 21, 2005
A moving, poignant tale about triumph in the face of the unthinkable.
January 21, 2005
As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational.
January 20, 2005
A moving documentary that approaches the Holocaust from a fresh, intimate perspective.
January 20, 2005
The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938.
January 20, 2005
Sometimes funny, sometimes wrenching and persistently bittersweet, tale is a fascinating account of strength and solidarity, bolstered by vintage photos, edifying newsreels and winningly frank interviews.